Citra Freezes at Startup

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When I start either of my 2 games, Mario Maker or Mario 3D World, it freezes right near the beginning. I can close the window, sort of - I get the “Do you want to exit?” box, and I click yes, but nothing happens. It stays running until I CTRL+ALT+DELETE. I appreciate the help - it’s been a really useful emulator up until yesterday.

System Information

  • Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 CPU @ 3.20 GHz
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics
  • Citra Version (found in title bar): 1728
  • Game: Mario Maker
  • Screenshot of Issue (include the full Citra window including titlebar):

Diagnostic Log
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System Information for Support

Client Version                                Nightly 1728 HEAD-9019212
Operating System                              Windows 10 (10.0)
CPU                                                   Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3470 CPU @ 3.20GHz | AVX
Graphics API                                  OpenGL 3.3.0
Graphics Renderer                             Intel(R) HD Graphics 2500
GPU Driver Version                  
CPU JIT                                       [x]
Hardware Renderer                             [x]
Hardware Shader                               [x]
Hardware Shader, Accurate Multiplication      [x]
Shader JIT                                    [x]
System Region                                 -1
Shader Disk Cache                             [x]

Here’s some issues I found with your log that might help.

  • You are running out of date drivers for your GPU. You need to install the most recent driver for your graphics card from Intel’s website. Support for Intel® Graphics

Your driver is outdated, you need to update.

Download from Intel® Graphics Driver for Windows* [15.33]
direct link:

Then follow this guide to install it:

Your iGPU contains driver bugs too so you will need to use an older version of Citra.
Download citra-windows-mingw-20191214-ddb7ead.7z from Release nightly-1392: Merge pull request #5020 from jroweboy/dynamic-mf · citra-emu/citra-nightly · GitHub
Extract it using Winrar or 7zip. Put the extracted folder anywhere you want. Now run citra-qt.exe from the folder and run your game.

Thank you! I started with the older Citra, and that alone made it playable! So I’m leaving the graphics drivers. Thank you for your help.